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By Courtenay Dudek, Employment Coordinator, DSP III | Penn-Mar Human Services Tom Petty has a song where in the chorus he sings, “It’s hard to find a friend.” I have found it difficult past the age of thirty to find new friends or even have the...

[caption id="attachment_6494" align="alignleft" width="226"] Michal with her Manx cats Lily and Chase, and her dog Spirit, a Pomeranian-Poodle mix who looks and acts like a Chihuahua, and likes to spend time with “The Ladies.”[/caption]On Saturday, October 1st, 2022, Residential Supervisor Michal Edmondson was on an...

Work is a central part of our lives. It’s how we support ourselves and our lifestyles, which includes paying for housing, food, entertainment and hobbies, and more. What we do becomes a part of who we are as people and what we are able to...

[caption id="attachment_6051" align="alignleft" width="164"] Betty Martin (left) with her son Orlando, and partner Krystal.[/caption] This past July, New Jersey native Betty Martin packed up her belongings and with her 11-year-old son Orlando, moved to Westminster, Maryland, to be with her partner Krystal, and begin their new...

When Diane Gieda started working for Penn-Mar as a Direct Support Professional, her former husband and employer told her she’d only last two weeks. That was nearly three decades ago. [caption id="attachment_5670" align="alignleft" width="225"] Diane Gieda with Penn-Mar President and CEO Greg Miller at the Service...

By Erkia Brandon, Direct Support Professional (DSP), Residential Assistant I knew I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life working at a Student Loan Bureau in Harrisburg. I was eager to find a career that would provide meaning for me and touch the lives...

By Gregory T. Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Penn-Mar Human Services | Chief Executive Officer, Penn-Mar Foundation [caption id="attachment_211" align="alignleft" width="300"] Gregory MillerPresident/CEO Penn-Mar Human Services[/caption]I noticed that this year’s DSP Recognition Week (Sept. 11-17) did not include a theme so I came up with...

Each month, we’re highlighting a “behind-the-scenes” team member whose work supports our mission, but whose face you might not often see on our social media pages. We’re excited to help you get to know our innovative team and the complex work we do. So, tune in for...

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